Top 5 'real play' tips to enhance kids' development

“DIRT goes, but growth stays” is the message psychologist Suzy Green has for parents.

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Why being lazy at work is a good thing

Most won't praise laziness for fear of being unemployable

Student joins the cause to help restore life of beaten girl

Georgia Brewin.

Georgia is determined to make a difference in Karlie’s life

Son's cancer battle second fight for family

Kane with his mum Natalie and dad Rick met Taylor Swift at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

A few years ago Rick had surgery to remove stomach cancer

TEST: Are you in the most logical four per cent?

Video tests to see how logical you are

You will soon be able to sleep over at Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo will expand onto its adjoining 29.21 ha Beerwah site, providing a dedicated 'live in' experience for zoo patrons.

Eight cabins will allow for 'live in' experience

Another good reason to have sex

Get connected: lack of love can kill you, scientists say.

Research shows a twice-weekly romp produces more cold antibodies.

Teens reveal risky situations

New data shows one in three teens has taken a selfie while driving

Mattel donates oncology Barbies to children's hospital

LOOKING GOOD: Erin Masurier was given this special oncology Barbie at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Little miss 'ray of sunshine' gets an unexpected gift after surgery

Confessions of a stay at home mum

The annual wine show is on this weekend at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. June 3, 2016

LET'S take a dive into the secret life of stay at home mums…

OPINION: Balancing your activities and kids an extreme sport

How do you juggle your activities and your kids?

Private versus Public Schooling

WHERE do you stand on choice of schooling?

Work/Life Balance

WORK and being a mum is a juggle - how do you find the balance?

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Seal pup influx has experts in quandary

WASHED UP: A seal pup recently stranded at Cabarita is being cared for by Sea World staff. The pup was suffering from a cookiecutter shark bite.

Seal pup influx has experts in quandary

Humpback frolics in Sawtell’s surf

Local photographer Bruce Thomas captured the moment a humpback whale frolicked in the surf at Bonville

Humpback frolics in Sawtell's surf

DPI orders Sapphire Beach evacuation

 A three metre whaler shark was sighted at Sapphire Beach this morning

Sapphire Beach evacuated

Wildlife officers working to help tangled whale

Epic Ocean Adventures tour guide Tyron van Santen after whale encounter off Double Island Point .

Whale between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point.

It’s cold, but the fishing is good

Fishing from Woolgoolga Headland.

I know it's cold and miserable, but it's still a great time

HEARTBREAKING: Tangled whale 'asks for help' at Double Island

EXCLUSIVE: Rainbow Beach tour guide bravely attempts to rescue whale entangled with rope off Double Island Point.

Authorities believe whale was tangled in fishing net

Bundaberg cafe voted state's best ... again

RECREATING the Indulge Cafe experience anywhere else simply wouldn’t be possible according to owner Amanda Hinds.

Why MasterChef’s Matt Preston loves our Bundaberg Rum

PREMIUM RUM: Chef Matt Preston visited the Bundaberg Rum where he created Matt’s Blend.

Master Chef's Matt Preston in town to make his own rum

Off the beaten track there’s a shiraz trio worth sharing

Three Victorian reds to try this weekend

Back to school: Old-fashioned banana muffins

Muffin comes from the French word moufflet, used to describe soft bread.

Let the kids make these for their lunchboxes

Steak Tartare - how to get it just right

Dan and Steph steak tartare

Got beef? This has to be the best way to enjoy a quality cut.

'What I wish I knew before I went on MasterChef'

Billie McKay, winner of MasterChef 2015. Supplied by Channel 10.

Billie McKay has given some advice to current and future contestants

Try these not-so-naughty “superfood” nachos

Turkey meat contains tryptophan, an important amino acid.

Now, nachos are not the healthiest dish, but if you use turkey ...

Want a rose garden in your living room? Simple

Imagine reading a book surrounded by richly coloured roses in your living space or or lounging in bed with an English garden as your backdrop.

Verandahs are out, 'eskie' homes are in

Air-conditioned homes are replacing the verandah.

3 out of 5 Aussies judge friends on their toilets

Aussies have high standards when it comes to cleanliness

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?

Is there a termite resistant mulch?

PROBABLY the biggest mistake most home gardeners will make is either not mulching their gardens or, if they do, using the wrong type of mulch.

Get a buzz out of bugs

A honey bee at work pollinating a lavender plant.

Get the bugs working for not against your garden

Gardening: Roses inspire love and now is the time to plant

The hybrid tea rose Garden Party produces double, scented white flowers margined with pale pink.

Get the garden ready now for your own rose paradise

Gardening: Greening up the home this winter

A zanzibar gem.

Bring the outdoors in this winter

Gardening: Bush delicacies to grow in your own backyard

Finger limes are otherwise know citrus caviar.

Most edible plants in Australia aren't Australian.

Clone and grow your own potatoes

Spoiled for choice ... there are close to 4000 different varieties of potato.

Turn one kilogram of potatoes into enough for winter

Gardening: Repair storm damage to encourage new growth

Remove damaged leaves to make the garden look better and minimise the risk of infection.

MOST gardens along the east coast took a severe battering this week

Figures show we Aussies love our cruising holidays

The 2015 Cruise Industry Source Market Report revealed the growth of cruising among Australians rose almost 15%.

Enjoying a Brisbane getaway with the kids

Segway tours along the Brisbane River.

Hotel near Roma St Parklands great launching pad for city

Ever wanted to own an island? This Coast one is up for sale

ONE OF A KIND: Svendsen’s Beach retreat is one of the rarest freehold in properties in Australia.

Island on the market for the price of a block of land.

Hervey Bay declared No.1 whale spot on planet

World travel website declares Bay No. 1 whale spot on the planet.

Reach new holiday heights in Strasbourg

The Cathedrale Notre-Dame in Strasbourg, France, is the sixth tallest church in the world.

There's more to Strasbourg than the Notre-Dame

Discover Malacca: A city that oozes history

The central town square in Malacca dates back to the 16th century. The modern mode of transport through the area is by brightly adorned rickshaws which pump out loud music.

Why 16 million tourists will visit this Malaysian city in 2016

Germany’s Black Forest takes the cake

Gutachtal, Black Forest Valley, Schwarzwald, Germany. Expansive view of the beautiful, sunny  Gutach valley with green pasture fields, houses in traditional architectural style and dark green fir tree forest. Dark blue hills rise on the horizon. Horizontal color image with copy space at top.

You should go here for more than just the black forest cake

Fashionistas show off at Splendour in the Grass

GLITTER, skin and mesh were all on show at the festival this weekend.

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Beauty at home: Banish those blackheads

Try these frugal face treatments at home using only what's in the fridge and pantry

‘Don’t dare say she looked better with meat on her bones’

Jim Brigginhaw reckons supermodels are too skinny these days.

Beauty: Is it really in the eye of the beholder?

Gladstone girl makes top 50 of most beautiful list

Gladstone's little golden girl Jordyn Lea has not only made her mark in the global magazine Fashion Kids, labelled in the top 50 of the world's most beautiful children, but is also on her way to the national finals of the Aboriginal Model Search in Sydney, in October

JORDYN is on the fast track to fame after this big win.

Isabella Rossellini says being called beautiful is insulting

Isabella Rossellini

'Still beautiful' label is condescending, star says

Aboriginal model search: Oasis sets sights on modelling

STRIKE A POSE: Oasis Armstrong is heading to Sydney in October after being one of eight finalists in the Aboriginal Model Search competition.

She's only eight but she already knows how to rule the catwalk.

Bridget to give it her best shot at Girlfriend Model Search

MODEL CITIZEN: Local model Bridget Smyth will enter the Girlfriend model search on July 23 in Brisbane.

Bridget Smyth began modelling to build her confidence.

PHOTOS: Is 17-year-old Ashlee Gladstone's next top model?

FLASH JOB: Ashlee Smith,17 , has featured in several beauty magazines and tv commercials.

Ashlee Smith has been scouted by local and state photographers

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7: What to expect

SAMSUNG’S Galaxy Note 7 phone is expected to be unveiled to much fanfare at an event in New York next month.

Are these the best headphones ever?

We review the impressive Bose QuietComfort 35s

ATM operating systems need security updates

Cash money   Photo:Barry Leddicoat / Sunshine Coast Daily

EVER heard of Barnaby Jack? No?

Are your copies of Harry Potter worth thousands?

Harry Potter books

How to tell if your old copies of Harry Potter are worth $80,000

Thermomix explodes leaving mum with burns

Sonya Enkelmann suffered burns to her arms and face after her thermo mix exploded

Gracemere mum learns what not to cook in a thermomix.

Coles and Woolworths' dairy war hurts CQ farmers

Michael and Aaron Clews, from Slatewood dairy farm in Rossmoya, discuss the impact of supermarket milk wars on Central Queensland farmers and economy.

Dairy price war impacting $70 million injected into CQ economy

Queensland dairy industry struggling as farmers hit wall

"...now they’re not producing enough milk to cover Queensland"

Why anti-vaxxers won’t ever change their minds

"VACCINATION is a very emotive topic because you’re dealing with children’s lives".

Girl, 12, turning tragic loss into special tribute

IN MEMORY: Savannah Buchan, 12, was part of a pink guard of honour at Bree Blucher's funeral.

Savannah Buchan turns tragedy into hope for others.

Pokemon ‘virtually remedies’ woman’s PTSD and mental illness

POKEMASTER: Mikayla Rose is a firm advocate for Pokemon Go's physical and mental health benefits.

How the app sweeping the globe saved a Warwick woman.

New mum, 39, 'anxious' after miscarriages heartbreak

NEW BUB: Sienna Louise Le Dan was born to Melissa Le Dan and Simon Mison on July 14 at 9.14 weighing 2740g. We caught up with the new mum and bub over the weekend.

“She’s just beautiful and has come out perfectly”

Snack bars low on fruit but heavy on added sugar

Consumer advocate Choice examined the ingredients of 224 products that use images of real fruit on their packaging and the result was not very sweet.

Choice says fruit content of some ‘fruit’ snack bars is ‘farcical’.

QUni PhD student pulls off a global coup

BIG WIN: PhD student Nattai Borges has emerged from a field of 471 nominations from 70 countries to win the 2016 European College of Sport Science Young Investigators Award.

Rockhampton man takes outs international award

Cancer costs hit Good Samaritan

Chris Beer has spent years helping others in the community and now he has been diagnosed with cancer. The community and his children Tarquin, 10, and India, 13, are rallying support for him.

Man who's given so much to the community now needs help.

Mum's third set of twins in two years

WHEN a US mum was told she was carrying two babies again, she asked her fiance to pinch her in case it was a dream.

There should be no age limit on breastfeeding

Mum, Kristy Lawler breastfeeding her four-and-a-half- and three-and-a-half-year-old children.

Sarah Murnane says the natural weaning age is four-and-a-half years

Miss an episode? All your Hey Mumma videos right here

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images with Deanne Stock, Meltopia Grandelis, Katie Dykes, Susie O'Neill, Gisela Parker. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

ALL Hey Mumma episodes right here.

Kids today versus 30 years ago... what are the differences?

Remember this as kids?! Research reveals kids these days are less likely to build cubbies and climb trees than their parents at the same age.

THE difference between kids then and now.

Confessions of a stay at home mum

The annual wine show is on this weekend at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. June 3, 2016

LET'S take a dive into the secret life of stay at home mums…

That's a wrap on Hey Mumma...for now

BONUS episode: advice from one mumma to another.

Tinder users hit by fake 'safe dating' app

TINDER users are being scammed by as much as $A160 a month through fake profile verification sites.

Why millennials are having less sex

Young people appear to be having less sex, or just lying about it less than previous generations.

It is a cliche that each new generation shocks the last

Pucker up buttercup: It’s International Kissing Day

Janine Hall of Currimunid is a intuitive face and personality reader. She also has her own lip balm product called Plump and Smooth from The Organic Lip Balm Company.

Lip expert shares insight into the power of the smooch

Kissing the key to happy relationships

A third of people in relationships need a good smooch every day